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Price said Escalona will be eligible for parole in 30 years. N’Duka said she plans to appeal.

Escalona’s family has acknowledged their dismay and anger following the attack, but her sister and her mother nonetheless asked the judge for leniency.

A counselor, Melanie Davis, testified that her sessions with Escalona indicated the young mother loved all of her children and that she would benefit from more counseling. Davis said Escalona has set herself the short-term goal of finding a job and the long-term aim of getting her children back.